Trinity Talk (Page 27)

Trinity Talk (Page 27)

God and government, laws and love

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” Romans 13:1 Wait. Our political leaders are ordained by God? Seriously? I know that is what Paul says, but it can’t be what he means, surely. Especially in this election year where all the bets are off and conventional wisdom is out the window – and most available candidates do not think like we…

Mercy Beyond Measure

Bryan Chapell tells a story about learning to use a crosscut saw with his father. As Bryan and his father were sawing through a log that had a rotten core, a piece of wood sheared off that looked just like a horse’s head. So Bryan took it home and then later on gave it to his dad as a present. Chapell continues: I attached a length of two-by-four board to that log head, attached a rope tail, and stuck on…

All Things Work Together For Good!

Four years ago, our son Levi was sick with strep throat. We did what most parents would do and took him to the doctor and they prescribed antibiotics to fight the infection. Just a few days into the treatment, Levi began to develop large blisters all over his body and his lips swelled shut and turned black. We were horrified at this as you can imagine and rushed him to the doctor. We ended up seeing five doctors and none of…

Romans 3 |Speechless Before God

I had nothing to say. I had done the deed and was caught. I knew the rules and I had thought it through. I had calculated the punishment and decided it was worth the risks. So, even though underage, I took my parents car on a joy ride with my friend Greg. The adventure went well until we stopped at a convenient store to get a chocolate milk and a honey bun (staple foods for a teenager). Backing out of…

When God Lets Us Go

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth (Rom. 1.18). As I read these words from chapter 1 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, I am reminded of the 1971 John Lennon song, ‘Imagine’ in which he envisions a world without God and says, ‘… It’s Easy if You Try’. Lennon himself described the song’s meaning and explained its commercial appeal: “Anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic,…
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Proving Your Calling

“Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall” (II Peter 1:10). The doctrine of election is admittedly one of the most difficult doctrines in the entire Bible to understand. That being the case, many have simply chosen to ignore it entirely, pretending that it doesn’t exist. Others have gone the route of minimizing it by giving it less weight than Scripture does. Nevertheless, it appears…

Sign Me Up for Suffering

Many years ago I worked in a warehouse in North Carolina. The man who was the boss was a member of the church where I pastored and so I went into this job, as I have with every job I’ve held, with an understanding I would need to represent the Lord and my boss well in order to maintain my witness. What I soon discovered was rather amazing. Throughout the whole operation, there was an attitude by the workers that…

The best of times, the worst of times | 1 Peter 1

I saw it again on a bumper sticker some time ago: “The worst day fishing is better than the best day at work.” I used to think that was a cool little saying until I went fishing one day and a blinding snowstorm came up. I ended up soaking wet, putting metal chains on the tires of a truck and trying to pull a boat out of the water in several inches of snow and ice. I’ve had better days at…

Breaking With Tradition

Our focus in today’s reading of Mark 3 is on verses 1-6 – the healing of “a man with a withered hand”. This is the last in a series of five stories that extends from Mark 2.1-3-6, all designed to demonstrate Jesus’ authority: He teaches with authority (1.22, 27), commands obedience from demonic powers (1.28), forgives sins (2.1-12), eats with the “riff-raff” tax collectors and sinners (2.13-17), ignores religious expectations about fasting (2.18-22), and side-steps respected Jewish tradition regarding healing…

John 14: We Do Not Have to Worry!

Jesus words in John 14, “Do not let your heart be troubled…” have brought great comfort to Christians through the ages.  But there is a good reason Jesus told his disciples this. Sitting in that upper room, there was a lot to be troubled by. The crescendo of opposition against Jesus from the religious leaders was growing to a fever pitch. They were out to get Jesus, and everyone knew it. In fact, Jesus had just predicted his own death. He had just spoken…